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Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Make Place de la Bastille part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • This is Paris. What more can you say about that? Paris in the summer, or at any other time is great. It's great to walk around, enjoy, visit, partake in the activities, everyone should go to Paris!  more »
  • After reading history books, have seen dozens of movies ... almost disappoint arrive in this square and not find the old prison. His idea is so well established in the popular imagination, that go in place of its former location to find out as well "disencumbered" creates a sort of discomfort. Ever since seeing as the area has become an important artery for the city streets, all those cars and their drivers felt they were trampling on the memory of their heroic compatriots. Obviously are overwhelming but I do not deny that from "tourist" I realized that one gets also the horrors and wonders. If we see it, we live it every day, becomes part of the routine of what is normal, so for Parisians is normal walk where once stood an icon of imprisonment, while for me it was the first time, I experienced a feeling like reverence, I felt that I should have respect for that place, where you have written a chapter of history.
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  • Planned a walk past the Place de la Bastille while on our way to the Place des Vosges and it pretty much is what it is. There's a column that stands as a monument to where the Bastille once stood and ...  more »